“We’re doomed I tell you. That planet is hurtling through space towards the Earth and we haven’t the power to stop it.”
Doctor Henry Warwick of the Royal Observatory could hardly have known that as he spoke, a rocketship sped through the ether towards the rogue planet on a mission to save the planet.
Doctor Alexei Zharkhov, a Russian emigré, had stolen the experimental rocket ship from NACA with his compatriots Flash and Dale and embarked on a mission to deliver a terrible weapon to the heart of the planet and save the Earth.
That was seventy years ago.